Kentucky ID requirements for voting by mail

COVID-19 Advisory: Governor Beshear has issued an executive order suggesting that all Kentucky voters vote by absentee ballot in the June 23 primary if they are able to do so. Instructions on how to request an absentee ballot and vote by mail will be available from the State Board of Elections in the near future, and a postcard with information will be sent to every registered voter. Voters who are unable to vote by mail will be able to vote in-person absentee (early voting) beginning on June 8, or in person on primary election day June 23. A notarized signature will not be required.


Who is eligible to request an absentee ballot and vote by mail?

To be qualified to vote by mail-in/absentee ballot, you must be:

  • Advanced in age, ill or have a disability
  • Military personnel, their dependents, or overseas citizens
  • Temporarily residing out of state but still eligible to vote in Kentucky
  • A student who temporarily resides outside the county
  • Incarcerated but not yet convicted of a crime
  • Prevented from voting in person at the polls on Election Day and from casting an in-person absentee ballot in the county clerk's office on all days in-person absentee voting is conducted because of your employment location

Voter Registration

First-time voters who have not voted in a previous federal election, or who have never voted in their county of residence in a federal election, AND who did not provide either a driver’s license number or the last four digits of a Social Security number at the time of registration, must present documentation proving their identity in order to complete their voter registration. First time voters who are voting in person must present this documentation at the polls. First time voters who are voting by mail/absentee ballot must enclose a copy of such documentation with their ballot request or ballot. This is required under the federal Help America Vote Act, enacted in 2002.

Do you need to submit ID with your absentee ballot request?

No. Unless you are a first-time voter – see Voter Registration section above.

Do you need to submit ID with your ballot?

No, but the signature on your mail ballot must match your voter registration signature.

Last update: April 27, 2020

Hannah Piercey